Sarawak govt to build new museum in Bintulu, expected to be completed in 3 years

Abang Johari (centre), Juma'ani (right) and Abdul Karim waiting to be served at the Borneo Cultures Museum restaurant here tonight (Jan 18, 2023). Photo courtesy of Ukas

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By Ling Hui and Chris Bishop

KUCHING, Jan 18: The Sarawak government is going to build a museum in Bintulu modeling the Borneo Cultures Museum in Kuching, says Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the Sarawak government has approved the Bintulu museum which will highlight Bintulu’s history that recorded the first ever Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) meeting.

“We chose Bintulu to have a similar museum (like the Borneo Cultures Museum because) Bintulu has its own history.

“The first democracy or the first State constituency was in Bintulu, and the first DUN meeting was in Bintulu. So, Bintulu has that historical background and we are going to build this museum.

“Hopefully, within three years, it will be completed,” said Abang Johari when launching the Borneo Cultures Museum restaurant grand opening ceremony here tonight.

He said similar to Kuching, the Bintulu museum will also be having a restaurant to attract visitors especially foreigners.

“We have a lot of foreigners in Bintulu, particularly in our (Samalaju) industrial area. These foreigners will then bring their people from South Korea or from Japan to Bintulu,” he said.

Together with Abang Johari were his wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang and Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. — DayakDaily